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Let me tell you about another survey... Houston 1992.
Pretty boat, looked fine, heavy and seaworthy.
The surveyor said it was reasonable, tapping the decks. A few sprung teak planks, some play in the steering.
The last owner said "the water tank just needs filling".
The surveyor did not fill the water tank.
I bought the boat.
I filled the tank that night. The boat was on the hard.
Next morning we turned on the taps... nothing.
I threw the bilge pump switch... the pump ran and ran. The area around the boat flooded.
With a heavy heart, I took off the water tank inspection hatch. The builder had welded the stainless water tank with non-chrome welding rods.... leaks everywhere.
I talked to the yard manager. "I can fix it but I would have to tear your boat apart. The boat would never be the same. I don't want to do it". The quote... well, no one was really serious about doing it... but the quote was $35,000 to tear out the tank.
I finally got it to hold water in Scotland, 5 years later, after a monumental effort, and it still leaks if you lean the boat. If I have to take it on a long haul, I will need to take a water-maker.
I still own the ship, and it's a good one, and I am keeping it.
This time a survey worked for you, and I am happy it has worked out, but sometimes a survey does not quite catch the obvious, and is perhaps not quite so worthy of the name.
In hindsight I should have filled the tank, but I was very new to the game. Still, you live an learn, and I still have a good ship.
Last edited by Rockter; 06-20-2008 at 07:11 PM.